Post Doctoral Fellow in Pediatrics

WorkplaceToronto, Alberta, Canada

Post Doctoral Fellow in Pediatrics

MED Pediatrics

Competition No. - A104448606

Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

This position has a start date of January 2023 and is within the Department of Pediatrics ( ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ).

Description of Study:

Reporting to Dr. Andrea Haqq, Principal Investigator, the main focus of her research program broadly examines the pathophysiology of obesity and its complications (including insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular and lipid abnormalities) in both genetic syndromic forms of childhood obesity (Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS)) and nonsyndromic common forms of childhood obesity. For more information about her research program visit ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

Location: Employment will be in-person at Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, at North Campus Edmonton.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The main responsibilities of the Post Doctoral Fellow are carried out in consultation with the Principal Investigator and include:

Research Planning, Design and Analysis

  • Plans and provides input into research design and coordination of all activities of the multiple research projects related to obesity and its complications across multiple sites, both internally and externally.
  • Sets research activity objectives in consultation with the Principal Investigator.
  • Provides input into research study design and determining the appropriate data collection tools for new research activities. In consultation with the Principal Investigator, develops and documents research methods and protocols.
  • Develops and carries out independent research.
  • Develops and documents research methods and protocols, and troubleshoots.
  • Conducts advanced analysis of research results.
  • Assist with the building of a research team including planning future research projects and the required resources, both financial and human resources.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with patient advocate groups and granting agencies.
  • Organizes and attends meetings with researchers, both locally and internationally, to provide program management and coordination update.
  • Assists in the writing of research papers as well as the preparation of presentations and publications and may sometimes represent the Pl at meetings.
  • Assists in the preparation of interim and final progress reports for granting agencies.
  • Purchases research study supplies and maintains inventory records up to date; maintains accurate electronic and physical inventory locations for products/samples.
  • Assists in research grant applications, contract proposals, Pl’s annual progress report.
  • Participates in the design of study protocols including the development of study forms.
  • Prepares and submits ethics applications both for initial review and for progress review.
  • Collects and processes fecal and blood samples, when applicable.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in Human Nutrition or related discipline, with a focus in a health-related area or other equivalent preparation.
  • Proven accomplishments in nutrition or child health-related discipline.
  • A minimum of 2 years of research experience; clinical research experience is an asset. Preference given to those with experience working in a research environment with human participants.
  • Working knowledge and experience in biostatistics.
  • Working knowledge of fecal and blood samples collection and processing.
  • Working knowledge of medical and nutritional assessment methodology (anthropometrics, skin fold, body composition, energy expenditure measures, dietary intake records, blood pressure monitoring).
  • Ability to work independently (utilizing problem-solving skills, consultation skills) and results-oriented.
  • Ability to work independently as well as contributing to team development, including during the supervisor’s periodic absences from the team.
  • High-level research skills - experimental design, analysis and troubleshooting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional verbal and written science communication skills for effective manuscript writing, abstract writing and presenting to research groups.
  • Supervisory experience is an asset.


This is a full-time, grant-funded position for a one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal. The minimum salary begins at $38,500/annum + benefits and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. An overview of the benefits can be viewed here .

To Apply:
Submit your CV, a cover letter that outlines your career objectives and why you are a good fit for the project. Please include contact information for three references.

How to Apply

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.
In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 2369891.